Lawsuit Filed Against Oxycontin Maker

By: Lindsay Irvin Email
By: Lindsay Irvin Email

The lawsuit filed against Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, demands millions for the costs of drug abuse programs, law enforcement and prescription assistance programs.

"It can be purchased in some areas of the country for 80 mg as cheap as $10 to $15. Then it's brought back here to Kentucky and sold for $120 a tablet," explained Tommy Loving, local director for the Drug Task Force.

Kentucky's attorney general says Purdue Pharma's windfall profits from Oxycontin are proof of its guilt.

"When their sales greatly exceeded what their expectations were, I believe that should have put them on notice to know that people were using this in a unprescribed fashion," explained Attorney General Greg Stumbo.

Loving supports Stumbo's lawsuit.

"We look at that as a very positive step," Loving assured.

Loving said Oxycontin abuse isn't a big problem in this area, but drug abuse is still prevalent.

"I think we have a segment in this area that seems to lean toward meth and others--crack cocaine and others pills," he admitted.

This year alone, Loving said the Drug Task Force has busted two significant crack cocaine operations.

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